On 23th of November, Proteges attended the Mobile Healthcare event in Utrecht.
The event consisted of three congresses, each with their own focus: Mobile Health, Data-Driven Health, and Elderly Tech were the main subjects of the day.
We attended several interactive presentations and conversations about various subjects regarding healthcare and eHealth.
A Diverse Program
It was a very diverse schedule, which proved to be useful and interesting on several levels.
The opening speech of Mobile Healthcare, given by Magnus Lindkvist – a Swedish Futurologist and trendspotter – gave the audience food for thought.
Lindkvist talked about how we tend to think of The Future as a state we can reach instead of the more useful way: a verb. To Future is what we should be doing.
Especially in Healthcare, we should be kicking the boundaries of “Normal”. The word “patient” alone is something of the past. It means “wait, sit and listen” and implicates that the professionals decide what happens instead of the person who is being treated.
Another interesting presentation that we attended was one by the Living Lab of Pluryn.
The Living Lab is a gathering place initiated by Pluryn, for all innovative activities. It is a research concept and a user-centered, open-innovation ecosystem.
During this presentation, Pluryn introduced the “99 hours” concept which was very inspiring.
In just 4 days an innovative idea is discussed and defined by patients, developers, and others. The output is then converted into a prototype. The prototype is used for a subsidy application.
Pluryn has proven that supporting an innovative idea with a prototype improves the chance for receiving subsidies and funding.
Conversation and Interactivity All Around
Both during and between the talks, there was enough time to ask questions, interact with the speakers and converse with other attendees of the event.
The main talks in the largest conference hall were interactive (using BuzzMaster), which triggered us and the other attendees to participate and to ventilate our opinion.
Using the hashtag #mhealthcongres a link to social media was created.
Via the Dutch (public) Facebook Group “Oh is dat eHealth” everybody was invited to introduce their own eHealth services-and products.
This was a nice opportunity for Proteges to introduce our TimeToWalk app.
Improving Healthcare Together
The Mobile Healthcare event acknowledged that in our journey to create next-level healthcare solutions, it is essential that you take part in the conversation with all partners in the health value chain. Together we are able to influence the healthcare of tomorrow.